It is 9:30 am on Thursday, October 21, 2010 and the recall of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has begun.
Well, it did anyway, depending on when you read this.
Though of course, that doesn’t mean Suttle will necessarily be kicked out of office.
There is a little matter of 30K signatures.
And then an election.
Interesting political times, nonetheless.
The OWH framed the matter today with an interesting point by Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps: Back when people were getting signatures for Mike Boyle’s recall, they were able to approach people right outside of the polling places.
Now, they have to be back 200 feet, where the political signs are. In other words, at many locales, voters will have to make an effort to go to the signers, as opposed to them being on the way. And if the weather sucks that day, it’s even more of an effort.
We have been informed that in the 1986-87 Boyle recall, signature gatherers DID have to stand back by the yard signs and were NOT able to stand “right outside the polling place”, as stated by Phipps.
We are attempting to obtain the exact rules from back then.
We will be interested to see how this turns up and turns out.
Hey, speaking of the OWH, they have “officially” come out against the recall.
But did you get a load of the photos they are using of Suttle on their recall articles?
Here they are (with the one above):
Now compare that to the photo they use of Governor Dave Heineman :
We are not sure if that’s a conscience effort to make Suttle look bad, but in any case, that’s the effect. Worth a thousand words, and all that.
And speaking of symbols, how about the logo for “Forward Omaha” one of the anti-recall efforts. (My that’s professional looking website for a group run by a lowly law student…)
Now, tell us again why the Austin Powers “Male” necklace is being used to push Jim Suttle?
Are we to understand that the Mayor has an awesome tuft of chest hair? (Now try to get THAT image out of your noggin…)